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As I continue stash busting, also known as doing my damnedest to work with supplies I have in the house, I spun up the last of my silk, cotton, sparkly, and I think llama fibers.  I am SO happy with it I couldn’t even wait for it to fully dry after being wet set before I took pictures.  Here is a little photo gallery of some fun images from this week so far:

It’s funny because I am not one that is usually so happy with the things I create but I love the yarns I am making! I feel confident enough to actually say so and that is really a great feeling! Confidence is a good feeling.

The other pics are of my second hand-made journal and an acrylic painting I am finishing.  The second journal attempt I am going to call a learning process and scrap as I tried to do some different fabric and the glue won’t work on it to my satisfaction so I will make another one and stitch the top layer to a secondary layer before gluing.  The acrylic painting, so far so good.  The top layers are drying as I type and will be ready for the preliminary sealing tomorrow.   The whole piece should be ready by Sunday.  I am hoping I have a small enough frame in the house or garage….time to start searching the storage bins.

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Once again it is time for the weekly Craft or Bust update.  This might just be my shortest post ever.

Craft or Bust Update:

  • I spent the week happily entranced in the world of spinning. That’s it in a nutshell!

OH! I just saw this giveaway on Silver’s(a.k.a. Our Craft or Bust Capt’n) website.  Check it out at Spin Knit and Life Fibercrafts’ blog. Okay, that’s it for this week!

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Another week has passed as quickly as the blink of an eye.  My main project this week has been learning to use a spindle.  I began my adventures into spinning by a trip to the library to check out Intertwined by Lexi Boeger and Color in Spinning by Deb Menz.  The Boeger book I have already renewed once.  I have to admit that so far I have really only been flipping through these books and my intention is to actually read more of them before they need to be returned.  I was ready to make my own spindle and watched several tutorials on ideas for making them but then I received a surprise from my Sis-in-law Velma(three cheers for Velma! Hip hip hurray!I can’t thank you enough!) and now I have my very first spindle! What would a spindle be without fiber?  Well Velma also took care of that and sent me a beautiful bunch for fiber(see pics).  I was tad reserved about jumping in and using the beautifully colored fiber so I dug out the small bag of fiber I picked up at the Torrance festival.  Next I watched several You Tube videos. This one and this one by Abby Franquemont got me started with the spindle. You can see my first single ply in the pics below. Next I re-watched this video Velma made for YouTube. This gave me the courage to try my ColorBomb creations fibers.  I also joined up for the Spin-A-Long for Colorbomb Creation fibers on Ravelry(you need to be a member of Ravelry to see this link). After watching this video by Megan LaCore, I plied the two strands together, thus giving me my first two ply art yarn. I know I watched another video but I can’t seem to find it now but they gave a tip about running the single ply through the handle of a coffee mug to help with the tension.  Look through some of the other videos on YouTube and you might find it.  There is SO much information out there just try a few searches.  Now I just need to figure out how to set the twist and I’m good to go! There is a lot I still need to learn and I am looking forward to the journey. So I don’t get too wordy I am going to stop here and show you the visual yumminess of yarn now in my home.

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